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01/01/2024
THANK YOU to all who came out and made First Night State College a fantastic success!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as...
01/01/2024

THANK YOU to all who came out and made First Night State College a fantastic success! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. See you in 2024 at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts July 10 - 14.

You won't want to miss our late evening performers.  Here are a few to wet your whistle. Andy T with Steve & Kristi Jean...
12/31/2023

You won't want to miss our late evening performers. Here are a few to wet your whistle. Andy T with Steve & Kristi Jean, Joy Marie and the Gill Street Band, and Happy Valley Improv. https://ow.ly/e8Qj50QlUMX

Be sure to pick up your puppets at 6:00 pm in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church to be a part of our Grand Procession at 6:30...
12/31/2023

Be sure to pick up your puppets at 6:00 pm in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church to be a part of our Grand Procession at 6:30 pm. We have a new route this year.

The Grand Procession features an array of giant papier-mâché puppets consisting of birds, lions, wizards, and other animals brought to life by attendees.

There are some great early evening performances you won't want to miss. To name a few, The Pines, Callanish and Revamped...
12/31/2023

There are some great early evening performances you won't want to miss. To name a few, The Pines, Callanish and Revamped. http://ow.ly/INEo50McKNs

Happy Valley Improv begins its day of First Night performances at 2:00 pm. They also have shows at 4:30 pm, 8:30 pm & 10...
12/31/2023

Happy Valley Improv begins its day of First Night performances at 2:00 pm. They also have shows at 4:30 pm, 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm. All shows will be in the Blue Brick Theatre.

Happy Valley Improv will be performing four shows at First Night State College.

12/31/2023

The 2:30 pm Peter Gross show has been CANCELLED due to flight cancellations. He will perform his 7:00 & 9:00 pm shows in the State College Municipal Building, Community Room.

Some of our performers include Adam Swartz Puppets, Fraser Street Saxes, and The State High Thespians if you are out in ...
12/31/2023

Some of our performers include Adam Swartz Puppets, Fraser Street Saxes, and The State High Thespians if you are out in the early afternoon. ttp://ow.ly/gena50McKfB

One block ice sculptures are starting to pop up around town.  Keep your eyes open for your favorite!
12/31/2023

One block ice sculptures are starting to pop up around town. Keep your eyes open for your favorite!

The ice carvers will start carving the large ice sculptures at 10:00 am. Take a picture of you with your favorite sculpt...
12/31/2023

The ice carvers will start carving the large ice sculptures at 10:00 am. Take a picture of you with your favorite sculpture and send it to us .

Come see the ice slide, the wishing well, and dozens of one-block ice sculptures made from crystal clear Pennsylvania ice.

The ever popular Joy Marie & The Gill Street Band close out the performances at the State College Presbyterian Church at...
12/30/2023

The ever popular Joy Marie & The Gill Street Band close out the performances at the State College Presbyterian Church at 9:00 pm on December 31. This show will have you dancing in your seats or the aisles.

The Gill Street Band will be performing as part of First Night State College on December 31.

Today the ice walls on S. Allen Street will be built for carving to begin at 10:00 am on Sunday.  We can't wait for you ...
12/30/2023

Today the ice walls on S. Allen Street will be built for carving to begin at 10:00 am on Sunday. We can't wait for you to see this year's designs.

Come see the ice slide, the wishing well, and dozens of one-block ice sculptures made from crystal clear Pennsylvania ice.

Local musicians Eric Ian Farmer, Ady Martinez and Naty Martinez close out the First Night performances at St. Andrew's E...
12/30/2023

Local musicians Eric Ian Farmer, Ady Martinez and Naty Martinez close out the First Night performances at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at 8:30 pm. on December 31.

Local musicians Eric Ian Farmer, Ady Martinez, and Naty Martinez offer a blend of songs across decades and languages — mainly, English and Spanish but they also sneak a Swahili...

Be sure to download the new Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts app.  We have added First Night State College acti...
12/29/2023

Be sure to download the new Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts app. We have added First Night State College activities and performances to the schedule section.

Dextre Tripp & Circus Stella Acrobats will perform at the State Theatre at 1:30 & 3:30 pm. as part of First Night. Dextr...
12/29/2023

Dextre Tripp & Circus Stella Acrobats will perform at the State Theatre at 1:30 & 3:30 pm. as part of First Night. Dextre brings all rescued dogs for these shows. Who doesn't like a dog show!

Dextre Tripp and his rescued canine companions perform amazing circus stunts in new, unexpected ways! Come see their hilarious presentation featuring ladder balancing, juggling, rope-walking, unicycles, and tricks for treats....

Is your Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket? We are excited to have over 50 of our Arts Festival artists parti...
12/29/2023

Is your Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket? We are excited to have over 50 of our Arts Festival artists participating in the 2023 Online Holiday Market. Be sure to look at their fantastic work and hopefully find a handmade treat for yourself. The artists will be online until February 15. https://arts-festival.com/artists

Tempest Productions presents two shows of the Great American Broadcast as part of First Night.  This is a recreation of ...
12/29/2023

Tempest Productions presents two shows of the Great American Broadcast as part of First Night. This is a recreation of the vintage 1950's radio show. Shows are at Tempest Studio at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.

Comedy, drama, suspense, and music abound in this recreation of a vintage 1950s radio broadcast. Come join Buck Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Mystery Theatre, The Chase & Sanborn Comedy Hour,...

We have fantastic workshops for both young and old.  You won't want to miss them.
12/28/2023

We have fantastic workshops for both young and old. You won't want to miss them.

What better time is there to work on a craft project with your children, learn a few dance moves, or find out why ukuleles are so popular?

There is still time to signup for the First Night Resolution Run. Join us at 6:30 p.m. to ring in the New Year with a 5k...
12/28/2023

There is still time to signup for the First Night Resolution Run. Join us at 6:30 p.m. to ring in the New Year with a 5k. Thank you to Mount Nittany Health for being the presenting sponsor.

Runners and walkers can speed into the New Year on a course around the streets of Penn State Campus in one of our most popular events: the Resolution Run!

A huge shout out of thanks for our event sponsors.  We couldn't have First Night without their support.
12/28/2023

A huge shout out of thanks for our event sponsors. We couldn't have First Night without their support.

First Night State College sponsors help bring State College and the Penn State Campus alive with the excitement of one year ending and another starting.

Two new food vendors added to our lineup this week: Inside Out Cookie & Rebelz Mobile Kitchen.   Be sure to check out th...
12/28/2023

Two new food vendors added to our lineup this week: Inside Out Cookie & Rebelz Mobile Kitchen. Be sure to check out the other food vendors listed on our website.

In addition to the fare offered at local restaurants, First Night State College offers several opportunities to satisfy a hungry appetite.

Did your New Year's plans change and you find yourself at home? We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with F...
12/28/2023

Did your New Year's plans change and you find yourself at home? We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with First Night. They are indoor and warm positions.

If you would like to join other volunteers in the fun of making First Night State College a reality, we'd love your help!

A few area hotels offer special overnight packages on December 31st to make a visit to First Night and Happy Valley a Ne...
12/27/2023

A few area hotels offer special overnight packages on December 31st to make a visit to First Night and Happy Valley a New Year’s Eve to remember. Visit our website to see the list of packages.

Make First Night State College even better by taking advantage of one of these great packages from local hotels.

Here is a list of useful information that will make your First Night State College visit a pleasant experience.
12/27/2023

Here is a list of useful information that will make your First Night State College visit a pleasant experience.

Useful information that will make your visit to First Night State College more enjoyable and safe. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates.

Making their First Night State College debut will be the Tierradentro. They will be bringing their Argentinian folklore ...
12/27/2023

Making their First Night State College debut will be the Tierradentro. They will be bringing their Argentinian folklore to Happy Valley. This is one show you won't want to miss.

Folklore refers to a body of popular music created in Argentina outside the urban center of Buenos Aires. Based on indigenous dance rhythms like the zamba, cueca, chacarera, carnavalito and...

Peter Gross is a mentalist and comedy hypnotist who will bring three shows to the Community Room at the Municipal Buildi...
12/27/2023

Peter Gross is a mentalist and comedy hypnotist who will bring three shows to the Community Room at the Municipal Building as part of First Night.

Top rated entertainer, Peter Gross, has over 25 years of experience performing comedy magic and hypnosis around the world. He has been seen on TV, at festivals and in theaters,...

Out with the Old, In with the New! Write your new resolutions for 2024 and burn the 2023 resolutions you didn't complete...
12/26/2023

Out with the Old, In with the New! Write your new resolutions for 2024 and burn the 2023 resolutions you didn't complete. We have ten resolution sculptures for your enjoyment.

Resolution exhibits are created by artists to help us publicly declare our hopes, dreams, and promises to ourselves for the New Year.

The Kids Winter Craft Market is a new event at First Night.  If you missed your chance to see the crafts sold at our Chi...
12/26/2023

The Kids Winter Craft Market is a new event at First Night. If you missed your chance to see the crafts sold at our Children & Youth Day at the Arts Festival, here are some of the young people who sold their wares. The market will be held in the Social Hall at State College Presbyterian Church. https://ow.ly/M5mJ50QlLJi

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State College, PA
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Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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